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MS Dhoni shares his love for Tamil Nadu

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian skipper MS Dhoni and his love for the state of Tamil Nadu dates way back to the time when he was in the doldrums of India’s domestic cricket scene. Of course, a lot has indeed transpired since then, but, the area will almost always remain close to his heart.

Speaking about the first time Dhoni made his way out to Tamil Nadu. “The first time I came to Tamil Nadu goes way back to 1999-2000 when myself and a few other players were selected for the Cooch Behar tournament that took place here.”

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“There were five of us travelling by train and we had only two lower berths in the train. We somehow had to manage with that. So, we put the kit bags and the suitcases, and tried to make it a uniform plane so that we could all sleep on it together. That was my first memory”

Dhoni also went on to add the fantastic memories he had created on the ground. “My Test debut was here (M Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk) after which I played a few ODIs. Not to forget, after the IPL started, I was picked by the Chennai Super Kings. I played for them for eight years and the Champions League. I have spent a lot of time over here.”

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He also shared a touching thought about the Chennai fans. “When it comes to the appreciation, the Chennai fans are the ones who have appreciated all the teams. Even when we lost, they would have felt disappointed about it, but if we were beaten by a good team, they will always applaud that. That is something that makes them special. “

“The warmth and the affection are given to not just me, but to all the cricketers is so much that it becomes difficult to differentiate a special moment. Most of them react in the same way. They give you the kind of regard that is difficult to match. Even if you are not doing well, they still love you in the same manner.”

When asked what he liked most about the place, the 35-year old said, “The culture, the people, and their love and passion for the game.”

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